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Chris Herren, former Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets player, chronicled his battle with drug abuse at West Aurora High School last Thursday. Introduced by Jason Buckley, West athletic director, Herren recounted abusing substances from alcohol to heroin before becoming sober in 2008.  He took audience questions to close the free, public session. (Al Benson photo)


Library Foundation seeks new member

The St. Charles Public Library Foundation is accepting applications for a new member on its Board of Directors.  The Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established to provide funds to enhance and enrich Library programs and services.  Additional information about the purpose and projects sponsored by the Foundation is available on the Library website.

To be eligible for consideration the applicant must be an adult resident of the St. Charles Public Library District.  Board members attend a monthly meeting and are expected to also join one of the Foundation subcommittees.

The application deadline is Nov. 7.  Interested residents should send a cover letter and resume to the St. Charles Public Library Foundation,  Attn:  Mary Ann Tilton, President; One Sixth Avenue, St. Charles, Ill. 60174.


First responders strap on gloves for scholarships

Local police officers, firefighters, and political leaders will be strapping on boxing gloves and participating in exhibition matches on Nov.  16 to raise money for the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) Aurora Chapter Scholarship Program in the third annual “Tuition Knock Out”.

The exhibition matches will take place at 5 p.m., at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Ln., Aurora, and will culminate an afternoon of boxing that begins at 2 p.m., with a card of 15 amateur bouts featuring boxers of all ages.

Advance tickets are $15 and $20 at the door. Admission for children ages 6 to 12 is $5. Tickets are available online at or by calling (630) 256-5625.


St. Charles chamber hosts  Beer Tasting event

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce along with Young Professionals Council will host its Second Annual Foxtober Fest Beer Tasting Event from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Tap House Grill at 3341 W. Main Street, St. Charles.

Everyone is welcome to bring friends and business associates along with plenty of business cards and take advantage of this event to network businesses, organizations or upcoming events.

Admission is $20 for St. Charles Chamber members or $25 for non-members and $10 for designated drivers.

For further information contact the Chamber by e-mailing or calling the Chamber office at 630-584-8384.


Make a difference at literacy event at WCC

Now in its 24th year, “Make a Difference Day” began with a simple idea — put your own cares on hold for one day to care for someone else. For the seventh straight year, the Adult Literacy Project at Waubonsee Community College will take part in the nation’s largest single day of volunteering, with the Aurora Public Library, Oswego Public Library District, the Fox Valley United Way and Altrusa International of Fox Valley as its partners.

Project volunteers will lead a Conversation Café from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, in room 160 of Waubonsee’s Aurora Campus, 18 S. River St. The event will give adults learning English an opportunity to practice their skills with other new English speakers. The participants will also be creating holiday cards for the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry.

While parents are attending the café, children 3 to 9 years old are invited to participate in stories and other activities.

Each participating adult and child will receive a free book courtesy of Altrusa International of Fox Valley and the Waubonsee Adult Literacy Project.

For more information, call (630) 801-7900, ext. 4222.


St. Charles farmers market moving indoors

Beginning this November and continuing through the end of May, from 9 a.m. to noon each Friday, the St. Charles Farmers Market  will be held in Baker Hall which is located just inside the Cedar Avenue entrance on the North side of the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church.

The market runs outdoors every Friday from June through October.

The Indoor Market will feature locally raised and produced food products, bakery goods and artisan crafts, ceramic and jewelry.  Shoppers can expect to see many of the same great products they see at the outdoor market.

According to the St. Charles Farmers Market webpage, the St. Charles Farmers Market offers fresh from Kane County produce, fruit, cheese, eggs, beef and goat meat, poultry products, bountiful fruit and flowers from Michigan orchards as well as fresh flowers, garden plants, honey, produce and foodstuffs from Illinois growers.

For further information and to offer volunteer help, contact Rob Murphy at 630 988-0705.


Aurora incentives for single-family conversion

In an effort to preserve and revitalize Aurora’s older neighborhoods, the City of Aurora will again offer incentives to homeowners for home restoration projects that convert subdivided homes back to their original single-family designs.

The Single-Family Home Restoration Program seeks to reduce housing density and to improve the historic character of older neighborhoods by encouraging residents to restore their homes to their original intended use.

The program offers homeowners soft loans to help cover up to 90 percent of construction and other costs related to turning a previously sub-divided home back into a single-family home. These loans are available for up to $30,000 depending on the number of housing units currently in the home, and can be forgiven following completion of the project.

Program funds can be used for engineering and architecture services, building and planning fees, or construction costs.

Applications are now available at under the Quick Links section of the homepage.   The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1.

Other rules and restrictions exist for this program. For more information, contact City of Aurora Neighborhood Redevelopment at 630-256-3320, or in person at the Neighborhood Redevelopment Office, 51 E. Galena Blvd.


Geneva expands social media outlets 

Geneva continues to look for new ways to connect with residents, merchants and other community stakeholders with an expanded social media lineup that now includes YouTube.

People can watch current shows airing on Geneva Broadcast Network as well as On Demand programming on the City’s YouTube channel. The City has shifted its On Demand library to YouTube to provide a more convenient viewing experience no matter what computer or mobile device is being used.

Programming available on the City’s channel includes our three monthly shows “Business Beat,” “Officially Speaking,” and “Geneva Works” as well as our weekly City Council/Committee of the Whole meetings.

Viewers also can subscribe to the City’s YouTube page to be notified when new videos are posted.

Besides YouTube, you can follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and its website.


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